From the morning memo:

There is just over a month to go before New Yorkers decide whether to expand casino gambling in New York and allow non-American Indian developers to build facilities in three different regions of the state.

It is one of the more controversial amendments to be put before voters in recent years.

Unlike, say, changes to how the state budget is put together, some voters are truly ambivalent over whether expanding gambling in the state is a net positive, given some of the less savory social ills that come with it.

The Cuomo administration does not seem to be leaving much to chance this month.

First this week came the unveiling of the umbrella group NY Jobs Now, a coalition of unions, business leaders and elected officials who back the amendment.

Left unsaid in its announcement on Monday was what the group actually is: A political referendum committee registered with the state Board of Elections that can raise unlimited amounts of cash to pursue its agenda.

As we noted on the blog yesterday, the group’s committee isn’t the only one out there backing the amendment. Given how much money is at stake with the approval of casino gambling, it’s very possible a large amount of cash will be raised.

The committee is the all the more eyebrow-raising given that Pat Barrett, who is listed as being a member of NY Jobs Now, is also on the governor’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, which is investigating the state’s campaign-finance laws.

Barrett told The Daily News, which broke that story, that he would recuse himself from any casino-related matters.

The argument for the casino expansion from the administration continued on Wednesday, when the state Division of Budget released an analysis showing that $430 million in revenue would be reaped from the construction of four casinos in the first phase.

The budget office also pointed to the benefits the revenue would have on property tax bills, along with school and local government aid — something of a long-form version (with numbers) of the referendum language voters will see in November.

Coupled with the agreements made with the state’s Indian tribes to share revenue and gain exclusivity rights for their casinos, the deck is being staked in favor of the amendment: A committee with the potential to raise funds quickly, a numbered analysis of the benefits and language that paints a glowing picture of expansion.